Back porch prep touch-ups

Although the plumbing connections to the sump are done, the back porch is still a hot mess, begging for some clean up.

I embedded the cast iron soil pipes (CISP) and cistern connection in sand. The pile of gravel that was sitting in the corner came in handy when I backfilled around the pipes and began to level out the porch floor.

I had set the elevation so that I still have room for a few inches of open graded aggregate, insulation and the concrete floor, almost identical to the system in the basement.

Similar to the basement interior, the parging on the foundation wall had to go. All it does is trap moisture in the masonry, which is bound to lead to long term problems.

Another touch up item was to remove the incredibly crooked concrete steps, leading from the porch basement level into the back yard. It turned out that this “touch up item” required a lot of muscle, sweat, and some brute force equipment.

I started with a sledgehammer and didn’t get very far. And those who know me also know that the sledgehammer and I are good friends. Still, I had to rent an electric jackhammer to get the stairs out.

That pretty much concludes my preparation for the porch teardown and rebuild. I am now waiting to hear from our contractor on when his crew will move in.

Related posts:

Finalizing sump-thing

Sump-thing afoot…

Connecting sump-thing

Thinking about sump-thing

Sump-thing pretty heavy

Digging for sump-thing

Terminating the temporary

The back porch project

How to put is back together

Installing the aggregate base

Starting with the insulation

Pouring the basement floor

Raking, and no end in sight

About Marcus de la fleur

Marcus is a Registered Landscape Architect with a horticultural degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. He developed a landscape based sustainable pilot project at 168 Elm Ave. in 2002, and has expanded his skill set to building science. Starting in 2009, Marcus applied the newly acquired expertise to the deep energy retrofit of his 100+ year old home in Chicago.

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